Fiscal Systems Honored With Award

Fiscal Systems has received a 2009 IBM Retail Sales Solutions (RSS) Sales Leadership Achievement Award. The award recognizes business partners who have demonstrated superior leadership in the delivery of IBM retail technologies, as well as the knowledge and capability to successfully meet client expectations. Fiscal was honored at the 2010 Retail Store Solutions Business Partner Forum

Quick Chek’s Summer Event Soars

Quick Chek’s 320-member team of volunteer employees helped welcome more than 112,000 to Readington, N.J.’s Solberg Airport for the 28th Annual Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. The highly-anticipated annual three-day festival held July 23-25, has consistently grown to be the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.  Quick Chek

The Pantry And Marathon Partner

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., operator of Kangaroo Express stores and Marathon Petroleum Co. LLC, the refining, marketing and transportation operations of Marathon Oil Corp. have announced a joint-branding fueling agreement set to take place this fall. Under the terms of the agreement, Marathon will supply fuel to more than 600 Pantry locations, with a

Sunoco Reports Q2 Results

Sunoco Inc. reported its 2010 second quarter results today, including a net income attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $145 million ($1.20 per share diluted) compared to a net loss attributable to Sunoco shareholders of $55 million ($.47 per share diluted) for the second quarter of 2009. “While market conditions during the second quarter remained challenging,

Interchange Reform Continues

Now that the Durbin Amendment, part of the Wall Street reform bill, has been signed into law by President Obama, the industry continues to address issues related to interchange reform. Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA) President Chris Newton noted the amendment was “an important first step” in dealing with the negative impacts

Rite Aid Reports Sales Dip for July

Drug store chain Rite Aid Corp. has announced that for the four weeks ended July 24, 2010, same store sales decreased 1.1% over the prior-year period. Its July front-end same stores sales decreased 0.5%, while total drugstore sales for the four-week period decreased 2.2% to $1.886 billion, compared to $1.929 billion for the same period

Gas Station TV Hits 26 Million Monthly Impressions

Gas Station TV, a national away-from-home television network delivering a one-to-one consumer viewing experience, reached 26 million monthly Nielsen-verified fueling impressions this month, at a time when traditional home broadcast television is hitting historic record low viewership. For more than two years, Gas Station TV has been delivering Nielsen Pocketpieces to the advertising community. Next

Couche-Tard Responds To Casey’s Rejection

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has responded to Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s rejection of its increased tender offer from $36 to $36.75 per share in cash, which was announced on July 22, 2010. “We are disappointed that the Casey’s Board of Directors has rejected our increased $36.75 cash offer and has initiated a recapitalization for only 25%

Hess Estimates Second Quarter Results

Hess Corp. has reported its estimated results for the second quarter of 2010, including a net income of $375 million compared with net income of $100 million for the second quarter of 2009. Exploration and production earnings totaled $488 million in the second quarter of 2010 compared with $215 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Hess Corp. to Acquire American Oil & Gas Inc.

Hess Corp. is set to acquire American Oil & Gas Inc., a move that is expected to increase Hess’ strategic acreage position in the Bakken oil play in North Dakota by approximately 85,000 net acres. “This acquisition builds upon our strong land position in the Bakken, leverages our nearby infrastructure and offers operational synergies,” said

Groups To Senate: Say No To Increasing Ethanol in Gas

On July 26, some 36 environmental and industry groups signed and sent a letter that went to the majority and minority leaders of the Senate urging opposition to any amendment to the upcoming energy bill that would authorize the sale of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the

Casey’s Announces $500 Million Recapitalization Plan

Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores Inc.’s board of directors has unanimously approved a $500 million recapitalization plan for the company and has reaffirmed its strategy to continue to execute upon its growth plan. The recapitalization plan is expected to be executed through a modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer for up to $500 million of

Gasoline Pushes Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN After inching off a one-month low last week to $272.2 gallon, the U.S. retail gasoline average is poised to post its second straight weekly increase, following wholesale costs higher. The US price benchmark for gasoline, the Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures contract that trades on

Robert Dudley Promoted To CEO of BP

BP officially announced today that Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Robert Dudley effective Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. As an American, Dudley marks BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said as it reported a record quarterly $17 billion loss and set aside $32.2 billion to

Lettieri’s Combats Brand War

Lettieri’s has launched a ‘Counter Intelligence’ initiative, partnering with retailers nation-wide to highlight branded foodservice. According to David Poplau, director of marketing and sales support at Lettieri’s, the company’s new Counter Intelligence program was created to convert drab unprofitable counter space into a highly visible and profitable food marketing magnet. “We want to grab the customer’s attention

Core-Mark To Acquire Finkle Distributors Inc.

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Finkle Distributors Inc. (FDI) for approximately $43 million. FDI is a regional convenience wholesaler servicing customers in New York, Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Dan Finkle,

BP’s Hayward To Be Replaced

BP’s Tony Hayward, whose blunders in relation handling the oil spill in the press have created an outcry, is on his way out as CEO, a U.S. government official told the Associated Press. The senior U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made, told the Associated Press he

Wilson Farms Adds Chester’s Chicken

Wilson Farms has remodeled its Hyde Park Boulevard location in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to include a Chester’s Chicken site inside the store. Savino Nanula, a Niagara Falls native, chairman of the board and founding partner of Wilson Farms, along with his son Paul Nanula, president and CEO of Wilson Farms, were joined by Niagara Falls Mayor

Tedeschi Celebrates Renovations

Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops continues its aggressive efforts to update its New England locations. Just recently it renovated two more stores-bringing the total of remodeled stores to eight in 2010. The two stores, located at 1 Bridle Road in Billerica and 210 Boston Street in Chelmsford, Mass., are now offering fresh food items like

Couche-Tard Pays Nominees $20,000 Each

As it continues in its bid to acquire Casey’s General Stores, Alimentation Couche-Tard plans to pay each of its independent nominees to the Casey’s board more than $20,000, according to a preliminary proxy it filed with U.S. regulators, New Brunswick Business Journal reported.   The nine candidates are set to receive a one-time payment and

Tiger Management Acquires 26 Exxon Stations

Tiger Management Groups LLC, owned by Chattanooga, Tenn. businessman Lyle Finley, has acquired 26 ExxonMobil gas stations in the Nashville area, The Tennessean reported. Finley already owns and operates 11 Exxon gas stations, and this new purchase grows his store count to 37 locations.    The purchase also puts Irving, Texas-based Exxon closer to its

7-Eleven, WWE Team for SummerSlam

After success with its World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) promotion last year, 7-Eleven Inc. is climbing back in the ring this summer as a sponsor of SummerSlam), WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event of the summer. The convenience retailer has beefed up this year’s promotion, running now through Aug. 31, with double the variety of cups and

ELearning Classes Teach PCI Compliance

VigiTrust is partnering with the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation, to provide retailers with PCI DSS eLearning classes. The classes will be offered through the Foundation’s Universitywired program. “VigiTrust’s PCI courses will help fill a real void within the industry,” said Kathy Mance, executive director NRF Foundation. “We

BP Selling Upstream U.S. Assets To Apache

BP is selling its upstream assets in the U.S., Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp., outlined in a number of agreements this week.  The deals together total $7 billion, and comprise BP’s Permian Basin assets in Texas and south-east New Mexico in the U.S.; its Western Canadian upstream gas assets; and the Western Desert business

Radiant and epay Join Forces

epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a prepaid and payments processor in the U.S., is integrating with Radiant Systems to offer its prepaid and payments program through the Radiant Point of Sale for Petroleum and Convenience Retail. The Spinx Co. headquartered in Greenville, S.C., was the first retailer to transact on this newly

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